Mental Health

Which Mental Health Professional Should You Go For

Right Mind, Right Doctor: Which Mental Health Professional Should You Go For?

When it comes to mental illnesses, different professionals can help with different problems. There is no one all-encompassing healthcare worker that can help you with your mental health problems. Because of this, finding the right ones are an important step toward you or your loved one’s treatment. From doctors to counselors, some professionals are better …

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How Do I Know If I Have A Mental Illness

How Do I Know If I Have A Mental Illness?

Mental illnesses/disorders have been on the rise since 1971, and with it, the call for better mental healthcare. Several factors including the rapid evolution of culture and technology have led to people wondering whether or not they’re experiencing any mental disorder at all, and how they could help themselves if ever. Though there is no …

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Nuances in Trauma Treatment

Every September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsors National Recovery Month in an effort to increase awareness and understanding of substance use and mental health disorders, and to honor and celebrate the people who recover. The theme for 2017 is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Strengthen Families and Communities”. One of the most prevalent issues individuals and …

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Why IOP and Op Are More Successful When Paired With Sober Living

Many different treatment options exist to help a person get sober, because there is no single path to sobriety that works for every person. This variety allows a person to try different therapies to find what is most effective in helping them to maintain long-term recovery. However, researchers do know there are some combinations of …

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The Opioid Epidemic: a Love Affair With Painkillers Turned Deadly

You can’t turn on the news today without seeing something about the nation’s opioid crisis. Deadly painkillers and heroin are ravaging communities across the country, children are finding and overdosing on their parents’ candy-shaped prescriptions and fentanyl—a synthetic opioid 50 times more powerful than morphine—is causing an unprecedented number of overdoses. Headlines describe tragedy after tragedy. …

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Holiday Blues: 3 Ways to Find Joy This Holiday Season

From what we see on TV and in movies, the holiday season seems to be filled with the fun and excitement of family get-togethers, food, gifts and festivities; but for the more than 55 million Americans who are struggling with addiction and mental health issues, the holidays may be something else entirely. The holiday season may actually …

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Trauma and Chronic Pain: the Link and How to Recover

The link between trauma and negative health outcomes among adults, including chronic physical and mental illness, is well-established. What is less known are studies like this one by Harvard Health, and other research, suggesting there is a link between trauma and chronic pain. Modern pain professionals understand that pain is a function of the brain and our processing of …

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How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime

In 2014, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris gave a brilliant talk at TED Med describing what she discovered about childhood trauma as she began digging into a trend of high incidence of ADHD in children in her Bayview-Hunters Point clinic in San Francisco. The featured image in this post is from photographer Alex Welsh, who spent two years documenting images …

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